Are you too embarrassed to smile because of a missing tooth? Do you plan to have problematic teeth extracted, because of chronic pain and infection? Finding the best way to replace a missing tooth can help you regain your lost confidence and maintain normal biting and chewing capabilities. But with so many different ways to restore missing teeth, how can you know which type of treatment is best?
Sachem Dental Group in Long Island provides several different types of replacement treatments, allowing us to adapt your care plan and provide the right answer to your unique circumstances. After all, everyone is different!
If you’re unsure where to get started, here are four popular tooth replacement options that our Suffolk County patients commonly ask us about.
Traditional Dental Implants
An implant is essentially a biocompatible, artificial tooth root. With traditional implant designs, the restoration is set into the bone where your tooth is missing and then supports a fixed crown. The end result is a permanent restoration that stands independently and is non-invasive to your other teeth. Usually, dental implants are considered the gold standard when it comes to the best treatments for missing teeth. Once installed, a properly maintained implant can last for the rest of your life.
Fixed bridges are permanent, non-removable restorations that can replace one or more teeth at once. Either end is supported by a pair of healthy teeth or dental implants, suspending the replacement teeth between them. If you only have one or two missing teeth, a traditional bridge is usually appropriate. Or in instances where there are several teeth in a row that need to be restored, a dental implant-supported bridge could offer the best results. Bridges are a predictable treatment and work well for people who may not qualify for dental implants.
Removable Flipper or Partial Denture
A cost-savvy solution, removable appliances like partial dentures or temporary flippers can provide you with a fast tooth replacement solution. If you’re planning on eventually getting a dental implant, a flipper could be the best interim option to replace a missing tooth. Just keep in mind that since the appliance is removable, you’ll want to practice with everyday things like speaking and eating.
Not Replace it at All
Although not ideal, there’s always the option of not doing anything at all. Leaving the open space in your mouth may not bother you. However, keep in mind, your adjacent and opposing teeth will gradually start to shift out of place. This movement can lead to aesthetic concerns, irregular tooth wear, or even TMJ problems. Plus the longer you wait to replace your missing tooth, the more natural bone resorption (shrinkage) will occur in that area of your jaw.
Need a Professional Opinion?
Call Sachem Dental Group today. Our multi-specialty general dentistry team in Long Island is here to help you enjoy a healthier, happier smile. If you need to replace a missing tooth, request a consultation. We’re happy to answer any questions that you may have.